Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FIT, Thank You and Dr. McBride...

FIT for this week. Is that not the CUTEST baby EVER!!! Her name is Helen Marie Lerperring and she is 5 months old. I could just kiss those fat cheeks!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have so many things in my life that I am thankful for and this blog is included in that list. Thank you so very much for visiting like you do!

I am continuing my Good Deeds and it really is fun looking around and noticing things you can do to help someone else or make their day brighter. The big thing I did last week was something my husband wanted to do. We purchased a laptop for a child who would not have access to one. It is through an organization called OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) and the laptops are SO COOL!! They are water proof, fall proof, dust proof and they have rechargeable batteries and can run on solar power!! The laptops connect to the closest internet signal but, knowing that most of these children would not have access to an internet connection they programmed the laptops to network together. So children in a classroom automatically connect together and then they can email and do activites with each other. And, if one child has internet then the others who connect to him/her have it also. VERY COOL! I wish we could know the boy or girl who gets the laptop. I hope it makes a difference in their life.

Finally, here are the pictures of the wonderful art Sweet Rella sent to me! So sorry it took so long. I took the photos before I left for Houston, but then I left the camera! I would not have had time to update anyway. I was too busy stuffing my face with my Mother-in-laws homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. LOL!!
Rella, the photo of your Mom is so cute!! Just a PERFECT Fairy! Every surface was covered with wondeful painting and is so detailed! It looks big in the photos, but in reality the bird house is only about two inches tall. Very tiny and precious!!! I would have had to use a magnifying glass to paint such detail:)
I so love the saying Rella placed on the back. So true sweetie! Thank you again!! I will cherish it always. Love, Jamie

Here are some more pages from the Arkansas ledger. This is a photo of what the ledger looks like too. I love it so much!!!!

This is the account of the town doctor, Dr. McBride. He ordered all his medicine and supplies through the store and it is a wonderful example of 1800's medical practice. He even ordered a ledger to keep track of his patients. I wish I had my hands on that one!! He also ordered six spools of thread and I shutter to think of what that was for! EEK! His purchases are so interesting so when you get a chance to sit down, take a load off and look over it:)

Some people have asked if I am selling these ledger pages in my Etsy store. This is part of my personnal collection and will stay with me. I try not to mix the Etsy with blog other than the pictures on the sidebar. Anything I show here is to share with everyone. I think it's so neat and hopefully someone else out there thinks it is too. You are free to print these out and use them in your personnal art.:)

Yesterday I walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill and took a nutritional class.

Today I am listening to "Porcelain" by Moby.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

FIT and More To Come....

First, I want to thank sweet Rella for the wonderful art piece she gifted me. It is an honor sweetie! It is so lovely and I will share pictures tomorrow. My camera ran out of batteries this morning and I need to make a trip to the store for more. I should know better by now to ALWAYS have them in bulk! LOL!!!

I also want to thank sweet Kari and Kijsa for blogging about the beautiful tags they made with some of the blue ledger paper I sent to them. Thank you so much sweeties!!! They are fabulous so go run to their blog and feast your eyes!

I only have a limited time tonight but I have found the most wonderful ledger!!!! It is a store ledger from 1887 and it is so facinating. Just like a novel for me. The handwriting is very clear and legible. I have been reading over it most of this evening. The FIT for today is a page from the ledger and I will share more pages with you tomorrow. This page is an example of the things the store provided the community and the prices.

I have learned so many things! Like you went to the store to get a tooth pulled and it cost .50!! And when a loved one died you had to go to the store and purchase the nails for their coffin. I never really thought about that. So sad! There were a lot of deaths and I think it was an influenza outbreak, but I am not sure. I am still doing some detective work:)

Anyway, I am sooo excited to share this with you and I hope you enjoy learning about this community along with me:) Love, Jamie

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FIT and Good Deeds...

My first week of good deeds is under my belt and I have learned many things. First off, thank you for sharing your deeds with me. It feels good doesn't it? :)

I met everyone's eye and smiled that first day and got such lovely responses back that I have just kept doing it:) So, I really will be the town crazy! I have held doors, let people go ahead of me in line, I've kept my mouth closed when I realized it was my frustration and not their problem, and I have learned an important lesson.

Sometimes, I forget that the most important people who need my good deeds are right under my own roof. So , I have met their eyes and smiled more. I have kept my mouth closed when I realized it was my frustration and not their problem. I have hugged more and laughed more and not been so serious. Hopefully these good deeds will make a true difference.

The FIT for this week is a lovely lady who reminds me of winter with her fabulous white outfit. I hope you like her:)

My thanks goes out to all of you who use the free images in your art. It makes me so very happy to see the photos given new purpose. I would like to give a special thanks to Nancy who always brings a smile to my face with her wonderful creations. And to Sarah from across the pond who wrote me to show what she did with her giveaway papers. And to sweet Rella who honors me by sharing her wonderful art. Thanks sweeties!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pitchin' a FIT Straight to You....

Well, I must say that I am so excited everyone loves their ledger papers!!!!

I appreciate you all so much and this whole process has filled my heart. I was thinking (yes, I do that on occasion) yesterday about how awesome it felt to reach out personally to you all. It feels almost selfish because I think it benefited me in wonderful ways. And then I was thinking about GoodDeed.org and how wonderful it felt on 9/11 to donate the 1820's ledger to the Historical Society. I want that every day. So I want to make it my goal to do a good deed everyday. It doesn't have to be big, but I would like it to be for a perfect stranger. So today I am choosing one I saw on the website on 9/11 and that one is to meet every one's eye today and smile. Simple, but awesome. People might think I am the town crazy, but that's OK. They might be right! LOL!! Will you do a good deed today? Please tell me if you do because I would love to hear about it:)

Love, Jamie

PS- Thank you all for your sweet well wishes for the boys. They are on the mend and feeling better. David went back to school yesterday and James goes back today. Can you hear the angels singing? LOL!! Oh, and I FINALLY arted some too! I started small (only a tag) but, boy, it felt good!!!!! Here is the FIT for today. Is he not the cutest?!! I bet he is in his Easter outfit. This is a RPPC (Real Photo/People Postcard) and it is postally unused on the back so I don't know where this cutie is from or the year the photo was taken. I do have the overwhelming urge to put wings on him though! So, you know, it WILL happen:) LOL!!
PPS- And sweet Ali there are some ledger papers coming to you too:) David slept with his Kangaroo postcard last Friday night and he said that the Emu (the animal, NOT your drawing! LOL!) looked like a cross between a chicken (head), a giraffe (neck), an ostrich (body) and a flamingo (legs). And yesterday at the post office he told the person behind us in line very proudly that, "My Mom mails her art all the way to Australia!" He still thinks that is the COOLEST ever! LOL!
Oh, and THEN he told the person in line that that I don't shop at ---mart (name changed to protect the in---to protect me) anymore because the people there are very rude and they don't have good customer service and that we shop at another store now even thought it's more expensive and we are never going back to the other store again. Thank goodness they weren't an employee from there! I bet he tells on me all the time! LOL!!


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